Brendan,. I’m a little amazed at some of the responses to last weeks post on Peter. Yours is also in the mix.
It is amazing how you guys can spin. The reason why petros is considered a small rock is simply because the word is used this way in Greek. However it is irrelevant whether it was a small rock or a large one. The attempt to undermine a clear word-play by Jesus is shameful. There is a word play between Petros and Petra. The first one is in masculine gender. Why? Because we are talking about Peter a human being. Thou art Peter = masculine Upon this ROCK (the Greek word here for Rock changed from petros, to petra, and it is NOT in a masculine gender, but feminine.
Why aren’t any of you asking why Petra is NOT in a masculine gender? …
(and there is no Greek text that will say it is) Did the holy Spirit make a mistake here? … No He did not. So why insult Him?
If Matthew intended to communicate what you guys insist, it would read like this: Thou art Peter (petros=masculine ) and upon this (petros=masculine) I will build my Church. But there is NO Greek text that reads this way and you know it.
You can blame it on the type of Greek used. You can blame it on the argument that Jesus spoke in Aramaic not Greek. You can blame it on the protestants. But you’ve got to be kidding.
The Greek text is reliable and accurate and there is not one credible Greek scholar who will deny what is found here in Matthew 16. Spin all you like, you know you are dead wrong.
This is where you guys need to get to some serious repentance in your hearts for such gross deception on your part.
Jesus clearly (by context) was responding to what Peter had just said, Thou Art the Christ the Son of the Living God… This statement is the Rock to which the Church would be build on by Christ. The Apostle Paul came along later only to agree that Christ is the head and there is no other. There is your second witness.